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1. Roland Passes on 8th Congressional District Run, Sticks With Mayor in 2018 -

Shelby County Commission chairman Terry Roland will not be running in the Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District in August.

2. Glazed With Tradition, Gibson’s Keeps Customers Coming Back -

While word-of-mouth and nostalgia might get customers in the door of Gibson’s Donuts, great donuts and a commitment to customer service are what keep them coming back.

Gibson’s has been a Memphis icon since Lowell Gibson and his brother opened it in 1967 at 760 Mount Moriah Road, the East Memphis locale where it’s still going strong nearly 50 years later.

3. Hattiloo Theatre to Expand With Development Center -

Hattiloo Theatre is expanding with a $750,000 addition 18 months after the black repertory theater company opened in Overton Square.

Hattiloo founder Ekundayo Bandele said Monday, Feb. 8, that the theater currently is designing and will break ground in March on the Hattiloo Theatre Development Center – a 3,200-square-foot two-story building. It will be built on what is now the northwest grassy slope of the parcel next to the theater.

4. Lifeblood Grows Fleet With 7th Bloodmobile -

Lifeblood has added a seventh bloodmobile to its fleet, thanks to a Plough Foundation grant.

The 40-foot-long mobile blood drive bus boasts the latest generator technology, including two turbo-charged generators with low emissions, as well as custom interior design for maximum comfort.

5. Glazed with Tradition, Gibson’s Donuts Keeps Customers Coming Back -

While word-of-mouth and nostalgia might get customers in the door of Gibson’s Donuts, great donuts and a commitment to customer service are what keep them coming back.

Gibson’s has been a Memphis icon since Lowell Gibson and his brother opened it in 1967 at 760 Mount Moriah Road, the East Memphis locale where it’s still going strong nearly 50 years later.

6. Mike Norvell Era Starts with Optimism And a Raise-the-Bar Recruiting Class -

In a few minutes, first-year coach Mike Norvell would be standing behind a lectern providing assembled media a summary of his first recruiting class at the University of Memphis.

“Not a good class,” he would say, “a great class, a home-run-hitting class.”

7. Lifeblood Grows Fleet With 7th Bloodmobile -

Lifeblood has added a seventh bloodmobile to its fleet, thanks to a Plough Foundation grant.

The 40-foot-long mobile blood drive bus boasts the latest generator technology, including two turbo-charged generators with low emissions, as well as custom interior design for maximum comfort.

8. Ramsey Alleges Durham Affair With Ex-Lawmaker -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says state Rep. Jeremy Durham had an affair with another lawmaker, causing her to resign.

9. HUD Funds Mid-South Greenprint With $60 Million Grant -

One of the largest federal grants ever awarded to Shelby County government will fund efforts to avoid some of the flooding the Memphis area saw in 2011.

The federal department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis announced Thursday, Jan. 21, the $60 million grant to fund the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan.

10. Faced With Array of Risks, CEOs Increasingly Pessimistic -

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Facing a cocktail of risks from the economic slowdown in China to the rise of the Islamic State group, chief executives around the world are more pessimistic about the global economy than at any time in three years — a development that has the potential to seriously affect their investment and growth plans.

11. Last Word: Tri-State's Deal With First Tennessee, Matt Barnes' Fine and The Grind -

It sounds strange to refer to this as a holiday weekend – the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Holidays suggest something different than the rededication to purpose so many of us stress as our definition of this day honoring the memory of a leader whose life made it difficult to imagine what our society would be like without his presence.
That we feel compelled to express the meaning of the day through actions and a recommitment to principles buffeted by reality reflects a hope that we wish to retain as first-hand memories of King’s life fade and his legacy endures.

12. With SUV Look, Tech Touches, Chrysler Aims to Revive Minivan -

DETROIT (AP) — Thirty-three years ago, Chrysler invented the minivan. Now, it's reinventing it — with styling reminiscent of an SUV, high-tech features and a first-ever hybrid version that Chrysler hopes will make minivans popular again.

13. Tennessee Lawmakers Return With Eye Toward Campaign Season -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers return Tuesday for the second session of the 109th General Assembly with an eye toward quickly disposing of their business and heading home for election season.

14. NexAir Expands With Merger and Acquisition -

Memphis-based nexAir, one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gasses and welding supplies in the U.S., has kicked off 2016 with a big expansion of its footprint.

The company is merging 23 Praxair Distribution Southeast LLC (PDSE) branches in Florida and southeast Georgia into its operation. That Praxair entity is also becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of nexAir, and the current nexAir management team will lead the overall venture.

15. Chattanooga Nonprofit's Store Filled With Items From Africa -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The delicate Nativity scene made from banana leaves folded origami style, the sparkling jewelry, clothes and art in Chattanooga's Amani ya Juu store are created by women in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.

16. UPS to Power Local Alt-Fuel Fleet With Gas From Landfills -

UPS says it will supply its fleet in Memphis and in Jackson, Miss., with an estimated 15 million diesel gallon gas equivalents of renewable natural gas as part of a multi-year agreement with Memphis Light, Gas & Water and Atmos Energy Marketing LLC.

17. US Regulators Slap BMW With $40M Fine for Safety Violations -

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators have slapped German automaker BMW AG with a $40 million penalty for moving too slowly to fix Mini brand cars that failed federal crash tests.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also said Monday BMW failed to send the agency accurate recall information.

18. UPS to Power Local Alt-Fuel Fleet With Gas From Landfills -

UPS says it will supply its fleet in Memphis and in Jackson, Miss., with an estimated 15 million diesel gallon gas equivalents of renewable natural gas as part of a multi-year agreement with Memphis Light, Gas & Water and Atmos Energy Marketing LLC.

19. 'Star Wars' Blasts Opening Weekend Record With $238 Million -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — To say that the force is strong with this one is an understatement.

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" brought in a galactic $238 million over the weekend, making it the biggest North American debut of all time according to studio estimates on Sunday.

20. Tennessee Woman Charged With DUI for 17th Time -

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police say a Shelbyville woman has been arrested 17 times for drunken driving.

WSMV-TV reports Dorothy Hanson's charges date back to 1985. Police say six of the offenses have taken place in the past 10 years.

21. Howard Stern Announces 5-Year Deal With Sirius XM -

NEW YORK (AP) — Much has changed for Howard Stern and SiriusXM since their first deal a decade ago — except for their desire to stay in business together.

The company announced Tuesday its third five-year deal to keep Stern's radio show at SiriusXM, together with a longer-term video arrangement that will allow fans to see as well as hear his program and have access to 30 years of career highlights.

22. Weirich: Police Cameras Come With Complexities -

If a picture is worth a thousand words, local law enforcement and criminal justice officials are finding cameras on police officers are worth many more questions about what happens to the video they produce.

23. Ramsey: Ban Immigrants From Places With Terrorism Ties -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey called Tuesday for a moratorium on all immigration from countries with "ties to terrorism."

24. Levitt Shell Modernizes With $4M In Renovations and Additions -

The Levitt Shell will add new sound and light systems and load-in area as well as a gathering place for food and concessions from two adapted trolley cars and have four permanent hilltop spaces with wooden decks for private parties.

25. FDA Approves Cancer Support Drug With Memphis Ties -

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new advanced cancer support drug with local ties to Memphis.

Rolapitant, developed by Tesaro Inc., has been approved by the FDA for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV). The drug received approval as a result of three phase III clinical trials led by an international research team that included Dr. Lee Schwartzberg, executive director of West Cancer Center.

26. Even Without Wins, Mularkey Has Refreshing Attitude -

Credit Mike Mularkey with one thing, if nothing else.He has approached his interim stint as the Tennessee Titans head coach with a high degree of honesty and a bit of a straightforward approach to the job.

27. Trial Date Set for Man Charged With Killing Memphis Officer -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has set a trial date for a man charged with fatally shooting a Memphis police officer in December 2012.

Shelby County Criminal Court Judge James Beasley set a June 20 trial date for 24-year-old Treveno Campbell.

28. FDA Approves Cancer Support Drug With Memphis Ties -

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new advanced cancer support drug with local ties to Memphis.

Rolapitant, developed by Tesaro Inc., has been approved by the FDA for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV). The drug received approval as a result of three phase III clinical trials led by an international research team that included Dr. Lee Schwartzberg, executive director of West Cancer Center.

29. TVA Kicks Off Natural Gas Plant with $6.5M Permit -

The Tennessee Valley Authority has begun work on its natural gas plant near the site of the former coal-burning Allen Fossil Plant.

On Nov. 17, Kiewit Construction applied for a $5 million building permit for an office building and a $1.4 million permit for a trailer build-out.

30. World Tennis Day Linked With St. Jude Ball Kid Program -

Youth wanting to try out to be “ball kids” at the 2016 Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster will get their opportunity in the coming weeks.

Tryouts will be held at The Racquet Club of Memphis from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22, and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6.

31. TVA Kicks Off Natural Gas Plant with $6.5M Permit -

The Tennessee Valley Authority has begun work on its natural gas plant near the site of the former coal-burning Allen Fossil Plant.

On Nov. 17, Kiewit Construction applied for a $5 million building permit for an office building and a $1.4 million permit for a trailer build-out.

32. SRVS Program Helps People With Disabilities and Employers Who Hire Them -

Mike Harris is production manager at American Stairways Inc. on Lamar Avenue. He has a warehouse full of employees and, just saying it like it is, some are happier to be there than others.

33. World Tennis Day Linked With St. Jude Ball Kid Program -

Youth wanting to try out to be “ball kids” at the 2016 Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster will get their opportunity in the coming weeks.

Tryouts will be held at The Racquet Club of Memphis from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22, and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6.

34. Methodist Caps Busy 2015 With $40M Plans for Transplant Institute -

New money is pouring in to the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system, and it will be put to use as investments in everything from patient care to research. Construction work is under way at a number of facilities, and myriad future projects are in the works.

35. Tigers Open Season With a Win, Strong Performance From Dedric Lawson -

For a night, at least, there was no angst. No unsettling talk of players transferring, no controversial talk of whether former Tigers coach John Calipari should be honored in Memphis.

No, on this night – Saturday, Nov. 14 – there was only basketball as the team returned to its FedExForum home court. The University of Memphis began the seventh season under coach Josh Pastner by breezing to a 67-49 victory over a Southern Miss team that was short on talent and long on turnovers (19, that led to 22 Memphis points).

36. Highland McDonald’s Moves Forward with $1.2M Permit -

A McDonald’s restaurant at the southeast corner of Highland Street and Southern Avenue is moving forward.

Local McDonald’s franchisee Century Management Inc. has applied for a $1.2 million building permit for the new restaurant, which will replace an existing McDonald’s just across Highland.

37. No Empty Nest: Young Women Live With M & D Like It's 1940 -

Young women are living with their parents or relatives at a rate not seen since 1940 as more millennial women put off marriage, attend college and face high living expenses.

A Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data found that 36.4 percent of women between the ages 18 and 34 lived with parents or relatives in 2014, the most since at least 1940, when 36.2 percent lived with family.

38. Highland McDonald’s Moves Forward with $1.2M Permit -

A McDonald’s restaurant at the southeast corner of Highland Street and Southern Avenue is moving forward.

Local McDonald’s franchisee Century Management Inc. has applied for a $1.2 million building permit for the new restaurant, which will replace an existing McDonald’s just across Highland.

39. Cybersecurity Starts With Employees -

Cybersecurity has been a hot topic for companies and individuals alike in recent years. Last month, the U.S. Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, a new bill aimed to protect companies from hackers. The purpose is to allow businesses to communicate with each other and also share information with the government on cyber-criminal intelligence.

40. Tigers No. 13 in First Football Playoff Ranking But With Much Work Ahead -

Several days a week, Tigers football coach Justin Fuente goes for a run outside.

“I’m usually thinking about the team, what they need to hear,” Fuente said. “I usually jog with Adam Lechtenberg, our player personnel guy, and he’s usually got some good ideas.”

41. GTx Back in Black With $34.9M Profit -

Memphis-based biopharmaceutical company GTx Inc.’s lead program has patients enrolling in two Phase 2 clinical trials of its drug enobosarm.

42. GTx Back in Black With $34.9M Profit -

Memphis-based biopharmaceutical company GTx Inc.’s lead program has patients enrolling in two Phase 2 clinical trials of its drug enobosarm.

43. Memphis Music Initiative Launches With $20M Strategy -

A pair of music-focused enterprises in Memphis are investing in the city’s homegrown music talent and helping cultivate a music ecosystem here.

The Memphis Music Initiative will host a launch event next week as part of an effort toward building awareness with stakeholders. It encompasses a five-year, $20 million strategy built around things like helping sustain existing music education programs in schools.

44. With Both Teams Ranked, Ole Miss-Memphis Matchup is High-Stakes Game -

Not only did University of Memphis athletics director Tom Bowen lead the charge to hand out doughnuts to Tigers students waiting in line for Ole Miss game tickets, he offered them the opportunity to buy extra tickets so as to expand the student section at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

45. Mallory Alexander Signs Pact With Old Dominion -

Memphis-based Mallory Alexander International Logistics LLC will handle all ocean freight forwarding, back office and operational services for Old Dominion Freight Line Inc.

46. Miss. Governor Up with TV Ads, But No Air Time Yet for Dem -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's campaign is running its first TV commercials this election season, but a new analysis shows his Democratic challenger, truck driver Robert Gray, hasn't bought any air time.

47. Mallory Alexander Signs Pact with Old Dominion -

Memphis-based Mallory Alexander International Logistics LLC will handle all ocean freight forwarding, back office and operational services for Old Dominion Freight Line Inc.

48. Students Get Leadership Lessons With Sonima Tour -

Memphis-area students are getting a lesson in how to become tomorrow’s leaders with the Live Sonima Tour, a collaboration with the Sonima Foundation that allows young people to access the tools and inspiration necessary to become better students, leaders and individuals.

49. Wal-Mart HQ Cuts With 'Need to Become a More Agile Company' -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart laid off 450 workers at its headquarters Friday as the world's largest retailer attempts to become more nimble so that it can better compete with the likes of Amazon.com.

50. Good Shepherd Health in Memphis Charts Different Pharmacy Path With New Model -

It quickly becomes apparent that Dr. Philip Baker, a pharmacist and founder of Good Shepherd Health in Memphis, runs a different kind of pharmacy operation out of his base in the Hickory Ridge Mall when he rattles off figures like this one.

51. Interview With Fundraising Guru Lisa Hoffman -

Editor’s note: This is part one of a three-part series. If you are lucky, you are fortunate to know people who are “the real deal.” That is Lisa Hoffman. She is an experienced and talented fundraiser and coach. A woman who is both gentle and firm in her guidance, her goal is to help you reach your fundraising goals.

52. Saveur Names Peabody Hotel With ‘Most Character’ -

The Peabody Memphis has been named the “hotel with the most character” in Saveur magazine’s 2015 Good Taste Awards.

The Peabody was the only Tennessee location to be included on the publication’s list. According to Saveur editor-in-chief Adam Sachs, the publication polled readers and reached out across a network of experts and contributors to honor those in the fields of food, drink and travel who “continue to inspire and excite.”

53. Steve Harvey, Easy Bacon Partner With Monogram -

When Easy Bacon makes its October debut in supermarkets, it will be the latest meat snack venture by Memphis-based Monogram Foods.

Easy Bacon is a partnership between Monogram and HarCal, the company created by comedian and television host Steve Harvey and Montgomery businessman Greg Calhoun.

54. Easy Bacon Partners Steve Harvey With Memphis-Based Monogram Foods -

When Easy Bacon makes its October debut in supermarkets, it will be the latest meat snack venture by Memphis-based Monogram Foods.

Easy Bacon is a partnership between Monogram and HarCal, the company created by comedian and television host Steve Harvey and Montgomery businessman Greg Calhoun.

55. Saveur Names Peabody 'Hotel With the Most Character' -

The Peabody Memphis has been named the “hotel with the most character” in Saveur magazine’s 2015 Good Taste Awards.

The Peabody was the only Tennessee location to be included on the publication’s list. According to Saveur editor-in-chief Adam Sachs, the publication polled readers and reached out across a network of experts and contributors to honor those in the fields of food, drink and travel who “continue to inspire and excite.”

56. Poll Shows Wharton With Slim Lead in Mayor’s Race -

A new poll by the Commercial Appeal shows the Memphis mayor’s race likely will be decided with the winner getting less than a majority and a critical percentage of voters undecided.

The poll, commissioned by the newspaper and conducted by Mason-Dixon Research, shows Wharton is the choice of 30 percent of 500 likely voters who were polled by telephone.

57. Poll Shows Wharton With Slim Lead in Mayor’s Race -

A new poll by the Commercial Appeal shows the Memphis mayor’s race likely will be decided with the winner getting less than a majority and a critical percentage of voters undecided.

The poll, commissioned by the newspaper and conducted by Mason-Dixon Research, shows Wharton is the choice of 30 percent of 500 likely voters who were polled by telephone.

58. Zoo Welcomes Red Panda Cub With Naming Contest -

The Memphis Zoo has added a cute new face to Cat Country – a red panda baby – and it’s asking for help naming the cub.

The baby boy was born at the zoo June 3 to parents “Justin” and “Lucille” and is currently being mother-reared in the red panda night house.

59. Students With Disabilities Complete Workforce Skills Program -

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) — More than 80 Tennesseans with disabilities have celebrated the completion of workforce development and pre-vocational skills programs meant to help them reach their employment goals.

60. A Q&A With Wall Street's Top Psychiatrist on Market Turmoil -

NEW YORK (AP) — When it seems like the stock market has lost its mind, big banks and investment firms often turn to one particular psychiatrist: Richard Peterson, CEO of MarketPsych, a firm that applies research from behavioral science to financial markets.

61. Zoo Welcomes Red Panda Cub With Naming Contest -

The Memphis Zoo has added a cute new face to Cat Country – a red panda baby – and it’s asking for help naming the cub.

The baby boy was born at the zoo June 3 to parents “Justin” and “Lucille” and is currently being mother-reared in the red panda night house.

62. Banks with Memphis Ties On List of ‘Best to Work For’ -

Financial industry publication American Banker has named Pinnacle Financial Partners the No. 3 best bank to work for in the country.

Nashville-based Pinnacle is set to close in the third quarter on its merger with Memphis-based Magna Bank. This is the third year in a row Pinnacle has earned a spot in the magazine’s top three.

63. U of M Teams with City on Smart Technologies -

The University of Memphis and the city of Memphis are expected signed an agreement Monday, Aug. 24, to collaborate on using smart technologies.

The Smart Cities Innovation Program specifically involves research to use technology on such challenges as transportation systems, water and sewer systems and other basic public services.

64. Banks with Memphis Ties On List of ‘Best to Work For’ -

Financial industry publication American Banker has named Pinnacle Financial Partners the No. 3 best bank to work for in the country.

Nashville-based Pinnacle is set to close in the third quarter on its merger with Memphis-based Magna Bank. This is the third year in a row Pinnacle has earned a spot in the magazine’s top three.

65. Council Candidates Offer Advice, With Verbal Jabs, at NAACP Forum -

There have been fewer forums this year for Memphis City Council contenders on the Oct. 8 ballot as the 2015 campaign season has focused on mayoral events.

So when the Memphis branch NAACP held its regular forum for council candidates Sunday, Aug. 23, at First Baptist Church on Broad Avenue, 27 candidates in 11 of the 13 council races turned out – about a quarter of the crowd of 100 in the church sanctuary.

66. U of M Teams With City On Smart Technologies -

The University of Memphis and the city of Memphis are expected to sign an agreement Monday, Aug. 24, to collaborate on using smart technologies.

The Smart Cities Innovation Program specifically involves research to use technology on such challenges as transportation systems, water and sewer systems and other basic public services.

67. Haslam: No Discussion With AG About Supreme Court Vacancy -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — As observers wait to see whether Attorney General Herbert Slatery has any interest in filling an upcoming vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court, Gov. Bill Haslam said he hasn't had any discussion about it with his close friend and former top legal adviser.

68. Grizz Owner’s Ubiquiti Hit With $46.7M Fraud -

Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera’s technology company has been hit by fraud, saying in a regulatory filing it lost $46.7 million.

69. Man Charged With Killing Memphis Officer Says He Is Indigent -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An ex-convict charged with fatally shooting a Memphis police officer during a struggle told a judge Wednesday that he is indigent and he was appointed a public defender.

70. Grizz Owner’s Ubiquiti Hit With $46.7M Fraud -

Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera’s technology company has been hit by fraud, saying in a regulatory filing it lost $46.7 million.

71. Uber Reaches Deal with Memphis Airport -

A popular ride-sharing service has reached an agreement to operate at Memphis International Airport, the second company to do so in recent months.

Uber and the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority have reached a deal that immediately enables the ride-sharing platform’s driver-partners to pick up and drop off at Memphis International Airport.

72. Grizzlies Owner Robert Pera’s Ubiquiti Hit With $46.7 Million Fraud -

Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera's technology company has been hit by fraud, saying in a regulatory filing it lost $46.7 million.

73. ADA Marks 25 Years With Accomplishments, Challenges -

America is a different place because of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which became the law of the land 25 years ago.

Older buildings without some kind of wheelchair ramp look out of place. Other accommodations for the disabled are an expected part of the landscape including curb cuts, lowered water fountains and restroom accommodations.

74. Coliseum Group Mobilizes With Eye on Memphis Elections -

Leaders of the effort to reopen the Mid-South Coliseum are planning another “revival” outside the Fairgrounds arena with political timing and a political purpose.

The “Roundhouse Revival” – being planned for Oct. 4 – comes between the end of early voting in Memphis elections and the Oct. 8 election day.

75. Uber Reaches Deal with Memphis Airport -

A popular ride-sharing service has reached an agreement to operate at Memphis International Airport, the second company to do so in recent months.

Uber and the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority have reached a deal that immediately enables the ride-sharing platform’s driver-partners to pick up and drop off at Memphis International Airport.

76. Grizzlies Double-Down on ‘Nasty’ With Addition of Once-Heartless Matt Barnes -

Here's the Matt Barnes resume ...

• Kicked a water bottle and cussed at a fan during an L.A. Clippers game at the Washington Wizards and fined $25,000 by the NBA.

• Fined $25,000 by the league for profane language directed at Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver.

77. Police Review Board With Teeth Hits Familiar Wall -

When Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton created the Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board in 1994, it was under pressure from critics who said police couldn’t objectively discipline their own.

But Herenton, who had his own doubts about police objectivity, also believed the board was a hollow gesture. Its powers to investigate allegations of police misconduct would always be limited by civil service procedures, due process safeguards and the legal process in general.

78. Ford Surprises in 2Q With Record North American Profit -

DEARBORN, Michigan (AP) — Ford Motor Co.'s net income jumped 44 percent to $1.9 billion in the second quarter as global sales rose and customers paid more for new trucks and SUVs with premium features.

79. Memphis’ Mercer Capital Merges With Texas Firm -

Memphis-based business valuation and financial advisory firm Mercer Capital has merged with Texas-based valuation and litigation support firm Erickson Partners, effective July 1.

The firms decided that their respective footprints – Mercer, with a strong presence throughout the Southeast and Midwest, and Erickson Partners, with a strong presence in Texas and Oklahoma – made them a perfect fit.

80. Titans Announce Deal With Marcus Mariota -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota signed with the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday, July 21, becoming the last of the NFL’s first-round draft picks to finalize his deal.

The former Oregon quarterback is expected to start immediately, with the timing of the contract keeping the No. 2 overall pick on track to open the season Sept. 13 at Tampa Bay against Jameis Winston – the No. 1 overall selection from the draft.

81. Memphis’ Mercer Capital Merges With Texas Firm -

Memphis-based business valuation and financial advisory firm Mercer Capital has merged with Texas-based valuation and litigation support firm Erickson Partners, effective July 1.

The firms decided that their respective footprints – Mercer, with a strong presence throughout the Southeast and Midwest, and Erickson Partners, with a strong presence in Texas and Oklahoma – made them a perfect fit.

82. New Birth Control Rule for Employers With Religious Qualms -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hoping to put to rest one of the most difficult disputes over its health care law, the Obama administration Friday unveiled its latest plan to address employers' religious objections to providing free birth control for their female workers.

83. Beale Authority Prepares to Negotiate Lease With Memphis Leaders -

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority is at what Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris describes as an “awkward interim stage.”

84. Varsity Spirit Honored With American Tradition Award -

The National Federation of State High School Associations has selected Memphis-based Varsity Spirit as the 2015 recipient of the American Tradition Award.

The NFHS is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities, and presents the American Tradition Award to an individual, organization or company that has supported high school activities on a national level. Varsity Spirit executives accepted the award July 1 during the organization’s summer meeting in New Orleans.

85. Lew Sticking With Plan to Put Woman on $10 Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is sticking with his plan to replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill with a woman.

86. Varsity Spirit Honored With American Tradition Award -

The National Federation of State High School Associations has selected Memphis-based Varsity Spirit as the 2015 recipient of the American Tradition Award.

The NFHS is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities, and presents the American Tradition Award to an individual, organization or company that has supported high school activities on a national level. Varsity Spirit executives accepted the award July 1 during the organization’s summer meeting in New Orleans.

87. 88 of 95 Tennessee Counties Complying With Same-Sex Ruling -

Seven of Tennessee’s 95 counties were not issuing same-sex marriage licenses on Monday, but officials say technical hurdles, rather than political objections, were to blame for the majority of the delays.

88. Level Nine Partners With Memphis Event Planner -

Level Nine Services and Salt Style & Events, two Memphis companies that aim to make clients’ lives easier, have announced a formal partnership.

Level Nine provides business and lifestyle-management services, helping clients with anything from mundane tasks to elaborate trips and events. Salt specializes in creating custom events, working closely with clients to produce an event design that allows them to entertain in style and leave a lasting impression on guests.

89. McNeill Moving Forward With Germantown Hampton Inn -

McNeill Commercial Real Estate is launching a 108-room Hampton Inn & Suites in Germantown, part of a much larger mixed-use project under development in the Memphis suburb.

Germantown-Neshoba Hotel Partners LLC, an affiliate of McNeill, has applied for an $8.6 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the four-story hotel that is part of the $150 million Thornwood community at the northeast corner of Germantown and Neshoba Roads.

90. Level Nine Services Partners With Memphis Event Planner -

Level Nine Services and Salt Style & Events, two Memphis companies that aim to make clients’ lives easier, have announced a formal partnership.

Level Nine provides business and lifestyle-management services, helping clients with anything from mundane tasks to elaborate trips and events. Salt specializes in creating custom events, working closely with clients to produce an event design that allows them to entertain in style and leave a lasting impression on guests.

91. McNeill Moving Forward With Germantown Hampton Inn -

McNeill Commercial Real Estate is launching a 108-room Hampton Inn & Suites in Germantown, part of a much larger mixed-use project under development in the Memphis suburb.

Germantown-Neshoba Hotel Partners LLC, an affiliate of McNeill, has applied for an $8.6 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the four-story hotel that is part of the $150 million Thornwood community at the northeast corner of Germantown and Neshoba Roads.

92. AT&T Hit With $100 Million Fine for 'Unlimited' Data Plans -

WASHINGTON (AP) – AT&T Mobility LLC has been slapped with a record $100 million fine for offering consumers "unlimited" data, but then slowing their Internet speeds after they reached a certain amount.

93. Cotton Tails, Sachi Stand Out With Customer-Centric Focus -

“I like to hide behind the scenes,” said Miki Brugge, the owner of children’s store Cotton Tails and women’s boutique Sachi. “Emphasis on ‘hide,’ please.”

While Brugge may prefer hiding, her Memphis retail presence certainly isn’t. Cotton Tails and Sachi cover 15,000 square feet, nestled in the northwest corner of upscale Laurelwood Shopping Center. Together the stores employ 22 local workers.

94. Ashley Furniture Talking With Investment Banker -

ARCADIA, Wis. (AP) – Ashley Furniture Industries has acknowledged that it's in "exploratory" discussions with investment banking firm Goldman Sachs, but downplays the possibility of a sale.

95. Overton Park to Celebrate Itself With ‘Merrymaking’ -

Since its inception late in 2011, the Overton Park Conservancy has been in motion: removing the invasive and harmful vegetation in old-growth forest, finishing out the dog park, renovating a jogging trail, and completing Rainbow Lake Playground, among other projects.

96. With barrage of 3-pointers, Warriors close out Grizz in Game 6 -

Stephen Curry said the Golden State Warriors didn’t find themselves until the Memphis Grizzlies “hit us in the mouth two games in a row.”

97. Got A Dream? Launch It With Help From Crowdfunding -

One friend helped Annie Klaver get into her corporate job, and 131 helped her get out. More specifically, 131 people pledged a total of $15,556 on Indiegogo, enabling Klaver to launch her new outdoor company, River Queen Voyages, this month.

98. Youth Fund Kicks Off With MLGW Partnership -

The city of Memphis’ summer jobs program and its Memphis Ambassadors Program are seeking private donations to expand through regular contributions via the monthly Memphis Light Gas and Water Division bill.

99. Memphis Youth Fund Kicks Off With MLGW Partnership -

The city of Memphis’ summer jobs program and its Memphis Ambassadors Program are seeking private donations to expand through regular contributions via the monthly Memphis Light Gas and Water Division bill.

100. Tesla CEO Plugs Into New Market With Home Battery System -

FOSTER CITY, Calif. (AP) – Never lacking daring ideas, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is determined to jolt the electricity market.

The CEO of electric car maker Tesla Motors hopes to park hundreds of millions of large, solar panel-connected batteries in homes and businesses so the world can disconnect from power plants – and he can profit. On Thursday night, before an adoring crowd and a party-like atmosphere, Musk unveiled how he intends to do it.